Fever is one of the most commonly reported symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. The widespread inflammation caused by the condition causes fevers.
In this article, we discuss RA fevers, the causes, diagnosis and treatment methods.
What are the causes of RA fever?
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition that results from the failure of the immune system to identify the body cells. By mistaking body cells for foreign bodies, the immune system of a person with autoimmune disorder launches an attack on them.
A low-grade fever can be considered part of the immune system’s natural response to an infection.
Even though the exact cause of RA fever is not yet clear to the medical world, many assume that it happens as a result of chronic inflammation, which is the key symptom of rheumatoid arthritis.
From what is known from the results of research, fever is a typical symptom of inflammation.
Can The Medications For RA Cause Fever?
In some of the cases, RA patients may experience fever as a result of the medications they are prescribed to treat the condition.
Since RA is an autoimmune condition, doctors often prescribe immunosuppressant medications to the patients. This will make the patients more susceptible to bacterial and viral infections, which means there is an increased chance of developing a fever.
How To Diagnose RA Fever?
If an RA patient has low-grade fever for prolonged periods of time, it may indicate RA fever. Doctors will rule out viral or bacterial infections before diagnosing RA fever.
Are RA Fever And Rheumatic Fever The Same?
Although rheumatic fever and RA fever have similar symptoms, they aren’t related in any way.
Rheumatic fever is considered an inflammatory condition that usually develops from the complication caused by strep throat. The disease mostly affects children between the age of 5 and 15. It is rare in people who are over the age of 21.
Rheumatic fever is temporary, unlike rheumatoid arthritis.
How To Treat RA Fever?
People with mild symptoms of RA fever can be treated at home. Use the following methods:
- Get adequate rest
- Keep calm
- Stay hydrated
- Take medications to control fever (for example ibuprofen).
How To Prevent RA Fever?
Symptoms of RA will not maintain its intensity for longer periods of time. They will keep coming and going. A flare is represented by active RA symptoms and managing RA inflammation during the flares can help prevent the fevers caused by the condition.
Mild fevers can be treated using over the counter medications and by taking enough rest.